James Wold served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He also served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1965. Interviewed by Brian Grubbs on June 13, 2006, as part of the Lawrence Remembers the World War II Years Project, World talked about his military experiences during the Second World War. Wold was born on August 29, 1919, in South Dakota. He grew up in Wyoming. He was drafted into the Army in July 1942. He went to basic training at Camp Roberts, California. He worked as a truck driver in the Philippine Islands. Once he joined the Navy in 1946, he was a radio communicator on the USS Hancock. He retired from the Navy in November 1965.